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I have just finished reading “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time” by Mark Haddon.

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time by Mark Haddon (via Amazon)

I have to admit, after reading the first few pages, i was unenthusiastic about reading on because it seemed rather boring. I feel bad saying that actually because the protagonist, Christopher, has behaviour problems and its clearly a very good insight into how someone like him lives their life, and i decided i would give the book the benefit of the doubt and carrying on reading.He is really intelligent and loves Maths and Science, yet is freaked out by anything coloured brown and yellow and struggles with things which we find normal and take for granted.

I’m really glad i persevered with this book as it is actually really interesting once you get into it. I was fascinated how someone who likes order and familiarity in his life actually copes when his life is turned upside down. How he manages to get from his own house, and the small area outside it which he understands, to an address in London of all places is truly amazing, especially with all the barriers on the way. It makes you appreciate just how hard it is for someone like him to do what everyone else does without problems. I found myself feeling a bit choked up by the end because you just want everything to be rectified.

I give the book 7/10 because i finally understand why this book has received so much praise. I would recommend it to people who want to see what the fuss is about, but i think its one of those books which you can be unsure whether you like it or not. It’s worth a read!

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Happy New Year!

Last year one of my resolutions was to keep track of the books i read and review, and to read as many as i could during 2011. On reflection, i managed to read a grand total of 27 books! It’s quite good considering i was busy studying for at least 8 months of the year! (And before anyone points it out, i haven’t counted the fact that i read the Twilight novels twice!) See My Reading List 2011 for the list of books and my reviews!

This year, i will aim to read more books, with my goal being 50!

It may or may not be easier now i am the proud owner of an Amazon Kindle, which my parents bought me for Christmas. It was a surprise because i didn’t ask for one, nor did i particularly want one as i’m not sold on the digital thing, but its actually grown on me and i quite like having one!

Amazon Kindle 4
Amazon Kindle 4 (via Amazon)

I am currently looking for a cover or case for mine, as i don’t want it to get scratched when i take it out. At the moment, it lives in the packaging it came in when i got it! Unfortunately most of the covers and cases on offer cost a fortune or are not very nice-looking, or plain boring. I may have to search further afield! Or make my own!

Kindle is actually quite easy to use, and it doesn’t feel too strange reading off it. It is quite comfortable to hold, less fiddly than a physical book. It doesn’t hurt my eyes because there’s no glare from a backlight. It’s so easy to download books if you have wifi and an Amazon account!

I’m currently reading “Handling The Undead” by John Ajvide Lindqvist on my Kindle, which is a good novel, although i keep finding little bits of the text being a bit messy with the wrong punctuation. I don’t know if this is the Kindle’s fault or the ebook’s flaws but it shouldn’t be like that.

Nevertheless, i’m quite enjoying using my Kindle!

For Christmas, i also got two physical books, “Harbour” by John Ajvide Lindqvist (my current favourite author) and “Before I Go To Sleep” by SJ Watson.

Harbour - John Ajvide Lindqvist (via Amazon)

Before I Go To Sleep - SJ Watson (via Amazon)

I’ve started “Harbour” but not got very far as i started reading the Kindle book, and i’m also in the middle of reading “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time” by Mark Haddon ( the copy i got from World Book Night, which has been sitting on my shelf for months!), so that’s a nice start to 2012’s reading challenge!